Posted By: Elise Skaggs on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog

The JCC is excited to announce the establishment of the first program endowment and match program for Early Childhood at the new JCC North Early Childhood location. This fund, created by Ron Blank in memory of his wife Ruth Ann Blank and mother Dorothy Blank Kahn, will provide and enhance educational materials, teacher training, and programming at the JCC North Early Childhood location. Every dollar donated will be matched by Ron and his family.

The gift recognizes in perpetuity the contributions of two outstanding leaders of the Columbus Jewish community. Ruth Ann Blank’s tremendous contribution as JCC President and leader throughout the entire community and Dorothy Blank’s legacy of community involvement will live on through this meaningful and impactful gift. This JCC endowment will be held and managed in partnership with the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Ruth Ann Blank

Ruth Ann Blank 


Dorothy Blank Kahn

Dorothy Blank Kahn

Ruth Ann was very involved with the JCC as an active Board member and serving as President and Past President. Although Ruth Ann and Ron lived in Bexley she realized that there are too many Jews that were not included in structured Jewish education, social events and an overall connection with Judaism.

“After the demographic studies were made it showed a very large count of Jews living in the Northeast part of Columbus had no meaningful contact with all that was going on in the East side of Columbus,” said Ron. He added, “Ruth Ann began to think globally and also knew that one of the basic ways to get the Northwest included was to start with the very young. This was a natural so she pushed hard to have the JCC set up a branch in this section of the city. It was unfortunate that the move by Beth Tikvah to a new location and building didn’t materialize in her lifetime, but now that it is becoming a reality it is only natural for me to authorize a Northwest fund to support this happening in both Ruth Ann’s and my mother’s name. They both would have been proud to associate with this project.”

“This endowment speaks to our building Jewish identity and investing in our teachers and resources,” said Ben Zacks, JCC President. “The Blank legacy is building community for Jewish families and with our new home at Beth Tikvah, the possibilities to nurture that vision are only limited by our imaginations,” he added.“It is very significant that the JCC North is the first of the JCC’s Early Childhood Programs to have an Endowment named specifically for the site. It is a reminder for all of us, that visionaries, like Ruth Ann Blank, can have an impact long past their direct community involvement. This Endowment will impact generations of young children and families for our future,” said Carol Folkerth, JCC Executive Director.

Have your donation matched by contacting JCC Development Officer Karen Bokor at 614-559-6202 or kbokor@columbusjcc.org.





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